Accession Number:

AD0827295

Title:

DEVELOPMENT OF A GASOLINE-FIRED THERMIONIC POWER SUPPLY

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 1961-Jul 1966

Corporate Author:

THERMO ELECTRON CORP WALTHAM MA

Report Date:

1968-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

172.0

Abstract:

The report summarizes the work performed to develop a gasoline-fired thermionic power supply. The work is divided into three phases 1 The development of a gasoline burner capable of providing the high temperatures and high heat fluxes required by the thermionic converters. 2 The development of a thermionic converter with the required power output, efficiency, weight and life. 3 The design of a power supply utilizing the above two components and including power conditioning, controls and packaging. The development of suitable oxidation protection for the converters refractory-metal emitter is described, as well as the experimental evaluation of a variety of materials under conditions simulating a flame-heated thermionic converter. The development work on a flame-heated thermionic converter culminated in the recently completed Series VI-S Converter. The design, construction, and test of the potassium heat pipe used for collector cooling are also described. Test data is given, and a system design is presented.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE